The Pagan or Wiccan Religion (AKA Wicca) is influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices. The word Wicca (pronounced Wika) comes from the Anglo-Saxon word wicce, which means to bend or shape through wisdom. During the dawn of Christianity all Wiccans or Pagans were deemed to be witches or followers or witchcraft. And we all know what happened to those witches…. they were burned at the stake by the Christian Church.
So as a result of those dark times, there is a common misconception that those who are Wiccan or Pagan worship the devil. But this is simply not the case because it’s a religion based on a love of nature and its elements:
Our rituals are based on the lunar cycles and loving and respecting nature in both it’s female and male forms. While there is a goddess and a horned god in Wiccan mythology, there is no heaven or hell. The Christian Church took the likeness of the Pagan horned god and created the concept of the devil. Further more the devil and hell didn’t exist before Christianity and aren’t even acknowledged in Wiccan religion. Because of this, there are still a lot of people who believe witches spend their time hexing people, and maybe even boiling children in cauldrons. Which is laughable because all Wiccans are bound by the rede.
As it harm none…. do as though wilt
All Wiccan’s are bound by the Wiccan Rede, “As it harm none, do as thou wilt.” Which means that you are free to do what ever you please so long as you do not harm anyone or anything including your own self.
The rede highlights the Wiccan link to the concept of Karma. If you harm others, you will be harmed. If you do good, then you will receive wellbeing and happiness. Which is particularly present in the Law of Three. All witches believe in the Law of the Three, which means that whatever they do, good or bad, will return to them threefold.
Witchcraft is also famous for the art of divination or fortune telling. Some witches perform these rituals using tarot others through scrying, tea leaves or other methods.
Although Wicca is based on the traditions of an ancient religion it has been growing in popularity in recent years.
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